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Some of the most glorious music ever written; plus a mystery full of passion, jealousy, and (possibly) murder; plus a live soundtrack performed by the incomparable Philadelphia Orchestra: it just doesn’t get any better than Amadeus, the enthralling story of composer Antonio Salieri’s crippling envy of the vastly more talented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As the (fictionalized but immensely entertaining) plot plays out onscreen, you’ll hear excerpts from Mozart’s dazzling symphonies, serenades, and piano concertos, as well as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and the Requiem that he tried desperately to finish as he lay dying.
This 1984 film directed by Miloš Forman was a smash hit, winning eight Academy Awards. The original soundtrack album is one of the most popular classical music records ever. Veteran film conductor Richard Kaufman is on the podium for these unforgettable nights at the movies.
The Halloween Organ Extravaganza has become an annual spine-tingling celebration of the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ! Revel in the full range of this incredible instrument’s capabilities through remarkable showpieces and the virtuosic action on the keyboard and pedals by our spectacular guest organists. After the concert, audience members are invited to lie down on the Verizon Hall stage to feel the awesome power of our mighty King of Instruments.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud of its deep commitment to cultural diplomacy and exchange around the globe. This year the Orchestra has a renewed five-year strategic partnership with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and is pleased to once again present the Centre’s Orchestra, along with two special guest artists and a program rich with cultural exchange. The concert opens with the U.S. premiere of a new Violin Concerto, commissioned for the Centre’s 10th anniversary and performed by Chinese sensation Ning Feng. Gautier Capuçon joins with a performance of Chen Qigang’s haunting Reflections of a Disappearing Time, for cello and orchestra. Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 closes the evening with a nod to the cultural exchange between our two orchestras as the Philadelphians perform this work for Chinese audiences in Beijing in May 2017.